Workshop seeks to enhance development of ethnic minority areas hinh anh 1At the workshop (Source: VNA)

Thai Nguyen (VNA) – A regional workshop to share experience in harmonising culture, environmental and economic development for mountainous and ethnic minority areas was held in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on September 18.

The workshop drew participation of representatives from ministries and departments of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Participants discussed relations between ethnic minority people and forest resources and employment of ethnic people amid intensive regional integration, thus proposing practical cooperation among countries to support them.

Countries’ experience in building policies to provide jobs for ethnic people, especially women, was also shared at the event.

Regional countries were advised to review and integrate policies and be transparent in assigning tasks for localities in enforcing policies. Besides, local authorities should be more active in creating chances for ethnic people to escape poverty and improve living standards with their own abilities.

Participants also noted that countries should give priority to infrastructure, human resources development, vocational training and sustainable poverty alleviation.  In addition, more attention should be paid to investment in ethnic minority areas, along with social welfare and insurance.-VNA